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INV-23678 COMMITTEE OF RACIAL EQUALITY Typed Document, The American Red Cross and Negro Blood, Background for Action Pamphlet No. 1, ca. 1943, Chicago. 12 p., 5⅝ x 8½ in. Includes inserted printed flyer, “The Red Cross and Its Jim Crow Policy,” distributed by CORE in Chicago in 1943. 1943-01-01

the blood will be processed separately so that those receiving transfusions may be given plasma from the blood of their own race.

The Chicago-based biracial Committee of Racial Equality (CORE) combated segregation in all forms, including the racial segregation of donated blood during World War II. After initially refusing to accept blood donations from African Americans, the American Red Cross reversed its position but bowed to racial prejudices by keeping donated blood segregated by race. This pamphlet by CORE includes a chronology of the controversy over blood donations, documents from the Red Cross, scientific organizations, and the press, a summary of CORE’s actions in Chicago, and suggestions for group and individual action.

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